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Local Briefs
April 13, 2003
¢ Iraqi in Lawrence seeks help in contacting family ¢ Explosion: Teachers injured during chemistry experiment
Local briefs
April 13, 2003
¢ Center’s party celebrates residents older than 90 ¢ Community: Downtown AIDS Walk to benefit area counties ¢ Gasoline: Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
Briefly
April 13, 2003
¢ Los Angeles: Suit claims restaurants didn’t warn about fish
6News video: Art a la Carte
April 13, 2003
Welcome to Art a la Carte. I’m Journal-World arts editor Mindie Paget. “Over the River and Through the Woods” opens tonight at Lawrence Community Theatre and runs for three weekends.
Green posts Pepsi 300 victory
Late charge boosts winner past second-place Sauter
April 13, 2003
David Green passed Johnny Sauter on the backstretch of the final lap Saturday to win the Pepsi 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway.
Hollywood musical star, Broadway dancer dies at 86
April 13, 2003
Vera Zorina, the dancer and actress whose career embraced classical ballet with such legendary troupes as the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo as well as Broadway and Hollywood musicals, has died at the age of 86.
County to discuss possible Farmland acquisition
April 13, 2003
Douglas County commissioners will meet behind closed doors Monday morning to discuss details of a possible public acquisition of Farmland Industries’ idle fertilizer plant in southeast Lawrence.
Surprise party makes 80-year-old feel like Miss America
April 13, 2003
Sixty women in a church basement had never been so quiet. And then — “Surprise!” — they yelled as Virginia White walked into the crowd gathered Saturday to celebrate her 80th birthday.
Gasoline: Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence
April 13, 2003
The Journal-World has found Lawrence-area gasoline prices as low as $1.36 at Citgo, West Ninth and Iowa streets; Phillips 66, West Sixth and Florida streets; and Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.
Commuter Connection
April 13, 2003
Mourners honor slain Kansas Citian as brave soldier, family man
April 13, 2003
Army Sgt. Donald R. Walters, killed when his 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed last month in Iraq, was remembered Saturday as a caring father and a committed soldier.
Frances Anna Harker
April 13, 2003
Services for Frances Anna Harker, 99, McLouth, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at McLouth United Methodist Church. Burial will be in McLouth Cemetery.
Iraqi science adviser surrenders
April 13, 2003
Saddam Hussein’s science adviser surrendered to U.S. military authorities Saturday, becoming the first of the 55 most wanted Iraqi figures to go into coalition custody. He insisted that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and that the war was unjustified.
Syrian says U.S. wants to ruin Iraq
April 13, 2003
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa on Saturday accused the United States of waging war to destroy Iraq — not oust President Saddam Hussein.
Cuba unmasks agents working among dissidents
April 13, 2003
For years they were familiar faces in Cuba’s opposition movement: the elderly man with a black beret, the reporter who used a cane, the efficient secretary.
Disputes delay new Palestinian government
April 13, 2003
Disagreements between Yasser Arafat and the newly appointed Palestinian prime minister are delaying the formation of a new Palestinian government, senior officials said Saturday.
Lawrence School Board
Board to discuss closing Centennial, East Heights
April 13, 2003
Lawrence school board ¢ 6:30 p.m. Monday ¢ 110 McDonald Drive.
Outdoor-gear store outdoes casino in visitors
April 13, 2003
Tourists in Kansas seem to prefer a huge outdoor-gear store to a casino.
Jordan, Ewing splurge
April 13, 2003
Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing gave a nifty retirement present to Washington assistant John Bach — a new Rolls-Royce.
Sports Illustrated writer to talk, sign books
April 13, 2003
William Nack, longtime Sports Illustrated journalist, will read from and sign copies of his book, “My Turf: Horses, Boxers, Blood Money and the Sporting Life,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Texas Tech holds off KU baseball rally
April 13, 2003
Scooter Jordan went 3-for-4 to lead Texas Tech to a 5-4 Big 12 Conference baseball victory Saturday over Kansas University.
Free State girls win track title
April 13, 2003
Sparked by an individual winner, three relay victories and a school record, Free State High’s girls track and field team won the Blue Valley North Invitational Saturday.
What are you reading?
April 13, 2003
LHS 5th, FSHS 10th in swims
April 13, 2003
Lawrence High’s swim team placed fifth and Free State 10th of 19 teams Saturday at the Olathe Invitational.
KU track qualifies 7 for regionals
April 13, 2003
Four members of Kansas University’s women’s track and field team, three KU men and the women’s 4X400 relay team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships Saturday during the McDonnell Invitational.
Ransburg nets MVP at awards banquet
April 13, 2003
Tamara Ransburg was named the Lynette Woodard Most Valuable Player at the Kansas University women’s basketball awards banquet Friday.
Missouri officials project plenty of turkeys when season opens
April 13, 2003
A plentiful hatch of wild turkeys two years ago means good times for Missouri turkey hunters.
Outdoor recreation grants available to schools
April 13, 2003
A new national grant program for physical education teachers, designed to bring fishing and boating education to schools across the country, is being offered by an alliance of organizations interested in outdoor recreation.
Fishing report
April 13, 2003
KU student play competes at Kennedy Center in D.C.
April 13, 2003
“Attack of the Asians,” a 10-minute play by Tim Macy, a fall 2002 Kansas University graduate from Noel, Mo., is the only entry from Region 5 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival still competing for a top award at the national festival Monday through April 20 in Washington, D.C.
Dental benefit of dry food in doubt
April 13, 2003
I would like you to address the issue of diet and dental disease. I only feed my cat K.T. canned food. She loves it and will have nothing to do with dry food. Plus, I think the canned food is better for her.
Travel briefs
April 13, 2003
¢ New book describes 500 Civil War sites ¢ Discover Mauritius with vacation package ¢ Royal Caribbean fleet gets rock-climbing walls
Annual pruning helps renew shrubs
April 13, 2003
Warmer air and sunny skies spur that primal urge to get out and play in the garden. Pruning shrubs is a good place to start. Most need annual pruning and are forgiving of mistakes.
Critical decision
April 13, 2003
Transition needed
April 13, 2003
Anarchy defined
April 13, 2003
Old home town - 100 years ago today
April 13, 2003
On the record
April 13, 2003
Eudora motorcyclist critical after accident
April 13, 2003
A Eudora woman was listed in critical condition Saturday at KU Med after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident earlier in the evening.
New dad Gurley pulling for Williams to stay
April 13, 2003
Former Kansas University guard Greg Gurley spoke on a cell phone Friday from a room in St. Luke’s (South) Hospital in Overland Park, his wife Amy, 8-pound, 2-ounce newborn daughter, Jane, and 3-year-old daughter Kate one big, happy family.
Texas A&M stifles struggling Kansas, 6-1
April 13, 2003
Another Big 12 Conference game, another struggle for the Kansas University softball team. Texas A&M pounded 12 hits off KU pitcher Kara Pierce, and despite stranding 13 runners still beat the reeling Jayhawks 6-1 Saturday at Jayhawk Field.
Slumping Mavs lost lead, respect
April 13, 2003
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sat alone behind a concrete pillar in a far corner of the visiting locker room, his elbow on his knee and his fist buried under his chin in the classic pose of The Thinker.
Class questions
April 13, 2003
Spencer exhibit explores reach of Japanese art
April 13, 2003
In styles, techniques and subject, Western works of art have long been influenced by Japanese art.
Family boasts true blue (and red hot) Hawk fans
April 13, 2003
The blue cloud over our home is dissipating now that basketball season has ended, but it still provides a faint reminder that my husband Ray does not confine himself to the quasi-mild oath — frickin’ — that Kansas University coach Roy Williams uses while coaching and discussing basketball.
Eulogy writers employ diverse tactics
April 13, 2003
The first full-length 9-11 movie is now being distributed. It’s called “The Guys,” and it tells the story of a New York journalist who helps a fire captain write eulogies.
Nutting furniture remains popular
April 13, 2003
Is it a fake, a fantasy or a modern fooler? Copies of furniture from an earlier time have been made for hundreds of years. Today, some of the older copies have become valuable because of their craftsmanship and the fame of the maker.
Eyesight can gauge pet’s health
April 13, 2003
“The eyes are the windows to the soul” may sound like a lofty, poetic expression, but your pet’s doctor relies heavily on the examination of your pet’s eyes to determine if there is disease within the eyes, around the eyes or in the entire body.
A real Jayhawk
April 13, 2003
Briefly
April 13, 2003
¢ Chipotle to raise money for Humane Society
Asia steps up measures to contain deadly virus
April 13, 2003
Singapore authorities stepped up efforts to contain a deadly new virus Saturday, including issuing electronic wrist tags to keep track of those under quarantine.
Delays, threats plague Nigeria voting
April 13, 2003
Nigerians ignored scattered violence and tropical downpours to vote Saturday in legislative elections that are a crucial test for civilian rule in Africa’s most populous nation.
Mystery writer captures little-seen side of Japan
April 13, 2003
When Sujata Massey travels to Japan to research her mystery novels, she often finds herself haunting Tokyo’s crowded trains, armed with a notepad and pen.
American League Roundup: Tigers finally taste victory
Detroit trips White Sox, 4-3, halts nine-game slide
April 13, 2003
The Detroit Tigers knew they were going to eventually win a game. That didn’t lessen the sighs of relief when it finally happened for the Tigers and rookie manager Alan Trammell.
National League Roundup: Cubs’ Wood overpowers Pirates
Chicago hurler strikes out 13 batters in 4-0 triumph
April 13, 2003
Damian Miller thinks Kerry Wood and Mark Prior could be spoiling Cubs fans.
Royals raise record to 9-0 - Kansas City 5, Cleveland 2
April 13, 2003
Since the first day of spring training, Kansas City manager Tony Pena has preached one thing to his Royals: Believe in yourselves.
Tennis team falls
April 13, 2003
Kansas University’s tennis team suffered its third straight Big 12 Conference loss, a 5-2 setback Saturday to Kansas State at Robinson Courts.
Troupe to stage unique version of ‘Glass Menagerie’
April 13, 2003
Tennessee Williams’ 1944 play “The Glass Menagerie” is an American theater classic. It’s one of the most often-produced, frequently viewed shows, and three movie versions of it exist.
Williams ‘out of it’ at ceremony
Texas’ Ford, not KU’s Collison, wins Wooden Award
April 13, 2003
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Roy Williams was presented the Legends of Coaching Award Saturday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Williams was bursting with pride after being handed the Legends trophy, first won in 1999 by his mentor, Dean Smith.
Woods suddenly in hunt
Almost-cut Tiger rallies, Maggert leads at Masters
April 13, 2003
Saturday at the Masters was a show-stopper, all right. At least inside the gates of Augusta National.
KU inducts Gold Medal Club members
April 13, 2003
More than 70 1953 Kansas University graduates returned to Mount Oread this weekend to celebrate their induction into the Kansas Alumni Association’s Gold Medal Club.
A tough call
April 13, 2003
Local school board members face a difficult decision on Monday night. Monday night’s Lawrence school board meeting almost certainly will spur spirited, perhaps heated, debate.
U.S. must rebuild relationship with Europe
April 13, 2003
The task of reconstructing Iraq — more its civil society than its physical infrastructure — is entangled with the less urgent task of reweaving the frayed relations between America and France and Germany, and with the optional task of rehabilitating the United Nations.
Burk’s big protest turns into circus
April 13, 2003
Backed by about 50 supporters with a giant inflatable pig and a cardboard Klansman for props, Martha Burk bashed the all-male Augusta National Golf Club with a tepid protest that was more circus than showdown.
Some U.S. warplanes may be sent home soon
April 13, 2003
The allied air campaign that tore into Iraq’s best defenses and targeted its top leaders is winding down, and U.S. war commanders are preparing to send home some planes.
Jayhawks happy, healthy
Whittemore looks good at scrimmage
April 13, 2003
Bill Whittemore looked healthier than ever Saturday, completing seven of 11 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and running for another TD during Kansas University’s abbreviated spring football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
Lions pounce early
LHS scores four in first; Chaney shuts down Heights
April 13, 2003
Lawrence High’s baseball team wasn’t messing around. The Lions, who trailed early in their first two games of the River City Festival, scored four runs in the first inning on their way to an 8-4 victory Saturday against Shawnee Heights at Ice Field.
Lawrence Chamber Orchestra to premiere local composer’s work in season finale
April 13, 2003
Today’s Lawrence Chamber Orchestra concert is peppered with interesting connections. Lawrence composer Jesse Krebs wrote the trombone concerto that the orchestra commissioned for the program, and the Stephen Paul Wunsch Foundation for Young Musicians funded the commission.
Peace advocates call for end to war
April 13, 2003
Saddam Hussein is out and crowds of Iraqis are shown on television welcoming American soldiers as liberators, but that hasn’t changed the opinions of Lawrence antiwar demonstrators.
A great escape
April 13, 2003
Madalyn Simpson is 80. She has a tremor that comes and goes. Her vision is deteriorating. And most of the time she is plagued by a constant ache from her hands up to her shoulders — a droning reminder of her chronic arthritis.
Forces discover Saddam’s hideaway
April 13, 2003
The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy’s fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, airbrushed paintings of a topless blonde woman and a mustached hero battling a crocodile.
Marines discover cache of suicide bombing vests
April 13, 2003
U.S. Marines searching a Baghdad school Thursday night made a chilling discovery: scores of black leather vests stuffed with explosives and ball bearings, along with empty hangers hinting that suicide attackers already might be outfitted to explode somewhere in this chaotic city.
Low water likely to affect fishing, boating at state lakes
Northcentral, northwest regions hardest hit by drought; some public fishing waters in serious trouble
April 13, 2003
While it’s too early to know for sure, lake levels at many Kansas reservoirs could be down this summer if they don’t receive ample spring rainfall.
Wild ponies rule Assateague Island
Seashore park full of history
April 13, 2003
When I took my 12-year-old daughter to legendary Assateague Island, I simply hoped that Maureen would get a glimpse of a few of the famed wild ponies.
Many plants vulnerable to changes in temperature
April 13, 2003
The recent cold temperatures were a grim reminder that winter still has powerful influence over our weather and our landscapes. Luckily, most of the emerging plant material seemed to have survived quite nicely. Nevertheless, with the chance of more cool nights still ahead, here is what you can expect if the thermometer drops below freezing again.
Butterfly’ soars, sputters
April 13, 2003
The Lied Center was only half full for Saturday’s performance of “Brown Butterfly,” and while I’d like to think it was the gorgeous weather that kept the crowds away, more likely the reason is that people were put off by one of the center’s most adventurous productions of the year.
Briefly
April 13, 2003
¢ Afghanistan: Car explosion thwarts terrorism attempt ¢ India: Hindu leader’s arrest renews fears of violence ¢ Greece: Bus crash kills 21 ¢ Honduras: Restaurant shootout blamed on drug gangs
Briefly
April 13, 2003
¢ Uganda: Gunmen attack villages, killing more than 30 ¢ Florida: Military contractor accused of selling faulty parts ¢ Guyana: U.S. Embassy security chief kidnapped, let go unharmed ¢ New York: Subway system retires tokens after 50 years
Arts notes
April 13, 2003
¢ Grammy panel targets indie artists ¢ Jello Biafra to present anti-punditry, satire
Arts notes
April 13, 2003
¢ Spencer exhibit explores reach of Japanese art ¢ Holocaust documentary to air on public television
Arts notes
April 13, 2003
¢ New York film crew to show in local gallery ¢ Lawrence photographer chosen for exhibitions ¢ ‘Right Between the Ears’ serves April foolishness ¢ KU faculty concert blends voice, horn, piano ¢ Variety is spice of life at Symphonic Band show ¢ University Band concert wraps up season
Farmers hope to cash in on worms
April 13, 2003
Don Donelson is a wrangler, of sorts. Each day, like any good wrangler, he checks his livestock to make certain they have enough feed, water and air.
Consumers should invest tax refund, not blow it
April 13, 2003
During the past few years, I’ve become a fan of TurboTax, the tax-preparation software. It’s easy to use, and I’ve never had the kind of unpleasant surprise that sometimes came in my pre-TurboTax days — like an IRS notice to send more money.
Briefcase
April 13, 2003
¢ Armed forces provide benefits, not big wages ¢ Survey: Women say workplace leaves little extra time ¢ Motley Fool: Name that company
Family comedy a laugh-out-loud hit
April 13, 2003
“Over the River and through the Woods” is a story about family, and the cast of Lawrence Community Theatre’s production of the Joe DiPietro comedy knows how to make the audience part of theirs.
NBA Roundup: Jordan misfires at buzzer
Hawks top Wizards as MJ’s career nears end
April 13, 2003
Michael Jordan missed the game-winner at the buzzer, prompting Ira Newble to go public with a bold claim.
Coal — that ugly, dirty mess — gets its due
April 13, 2003
A pile of coal might look like so many ugly black lumps. But that dusty mess was the stuff that turned England into a sea power and launched the Industrial Revolution which made the world as we know it today.
Raptors ailing against Nets
April 13, 2003
Toronto guard Alvin Williams sat out the Raptors’ game against New Jersey Saturday night, leaving the club with only seven healthy players in uniform.
Dump truck accident kills two
April 13, 2003
A dump truck that lost control while driving down a steep hill slammed into parents and children at a school bus stop, killing a woman and her daughter and critically injuring two other children.
Employers relaxing office rules during war
Internet, TV helps keep workers abreast of events
April 13, 2003
Kris Sands often slips away to the break room at work to watch TV for developments in Iraq that could affect her stepson stationed in Kuwait.
Job search vouchers plan left off budget
April 13, 2003
The idea was unusual, even innovative by some standards: Give unemployed Americans up to $3,000 for job search expenses and let them keep what’s left over if they find work and stay employed.
Hungary votes to join European Union
April 13, 2003
Voters in Hungary have agreed to be part of the historic eastward expansion of the European Union, strongly endorsing economic unification with their more developed neighbors to the west.
Fungus fanatics wild about spring
April 13, 2003
People with baskets and bags descended Saturday on a wooded area in west Lawrence and rummaged around for fungus.
Madam fights to save first legal brothel
April 13, 2003
As they walked around the pool and peeked into their old, denuded rooms, three former prostitutes at the Mustang Ranch made the world’s best-known brothel sound something like camp.
State poised to join Boeing bid war
Kansas must first issue $500 million in bonds
April 13, 2003
While the battle over the state budget has consumed much of the Kansas Legislature’s energy this session, an issue that recently arose will draw national, if not international, attention when lawmakers return for the wrap-up session later this month.
N. Korea may yield to U.S. on nuclear talks
Solution to standoff depends on ‘real intention of the U.S.,’ spokesman says
April 13, 2003
After months of insisting on direct talks with Washington, North Korea signaled on Saturday that it would be willing to accept U.S. demands for multilateral discussions over the communist country’s alleged nuclear weapons program.
Richard Charles ‘Charli’ Perkins
April 13, 2003
KU men’s golf 11th at Intercollegiate
April 13, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s golf team was in 11th place after two rounds Saturday of the Intercollegiate.
Site provides lists of poisonous plants
April 13, 2003
National Poison Prevention Week came and went last month. But you can still tap into www.apcc.aspca.org to access lists of toxic and nontoxic plants and find out what to do for a poisoned animal.
Specialty gardens popular
Wildlife habitats, herbs add personality to back yards
April 13, 2003
One of the nicest things about gardens is the diversity. No matter your passion, a garden can be built around it. Known as specialty gardens, these gardens are designed to capture and showcase the particular fondness of the gardener.
Tallying the war’s winners and losers
April 13, 2003
There was something comical about the “antiwar” protesters who gathered here for the abbreviated Bush-Blair summit meeting. They were opposing a war that is nearly over.
Small-town newspaper dedicated to community
April 13, 2003
While most of the nation’s newspapers are leading their front pages with disturbing images of war in the Middle East and economic troubles in corporate America, one Kansas paper is not.
Firebirds grind out victory
Free State remains unbeaten with 7-2 win
April 13, 2003
This wasn’t Free State High’s most impressive baseball game of the season, but that didn’t matter.
People
April 13, 2003
¢ Fisticuffs with the Osbournes ¢ Broadway family affair ¢ A chimp’s life of leisure
Vote to close schools nears
April 13, 2003
A majority of Lawrence school board members is prepared to vote Monday to close East Heights and Centennial schools.
Baghdad looting overshadows war
April 13, 2003
Helter-skelter gunfire on Saturday crackled through the streets of Baghdad as frenzied looters trashed stores, schools and the national museum, leading some Iraqis to urge U.S. troops to do more to protect the 5 million residents of this ruined city.
Castro remains defiant amid criticisms
April 13, 2003
President Fidel Castro is defending his crackdown on dissent, shrugging off international criticism and vowing to defend Cuba against the United States.
Journal-World staffers awarded for excellence
April 13, 2003
The Lawrence Journal-World won seven first-place awards in the annual Awards of Excellence competition sponsored by the Kansas Press Assn.
Bad chemistry doomed Jordan in final year
April 13, 2003
Michael Jordan sounded like a dad let down by his kids. “How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it?” Jordan said. “And you realized you shouldn’t have done it.”
Mayer: Allen clan left quite a legacy
April 13, 2003
Death recently claimed the last member of the greatest father-son combination in Kansas basketball history. Dr. Bob Allen, son of Phog and brother of Mitt, died just as his beloved Jayhawks were beginning their latest NCAA Final Four venture. He was 83.
Bookstore
April 13, 2003
Hollywood just isn’t part of real world
April 13, 2003
Recently I had the most surreal weekend of my life. It goes without saying that this happened in Los Angeles.
Like Bull Durham, Hall dispute classic
April 13, 2003
You know we’ve reached an absurd place in our country’s history when Nuke LaLoosh, one of the funniest characters in the history of sports movies, evidently is threatening our national security.
Smokers roll with cigarette tax increase
Tobacco users making their own smokes as means to avoid extra 55-cent-a pack levy
April 13, 2003
Kansas lawmakers expected a couple of scenarios after they made the state tax on cigarettes among the highest in the nation: Tax revenue from tobacco sales would go up to help a weak treasury; and more people would quit smoking.
New alloy shot terrific for turkey hunting
April 13, 2003
We were hunting for Rio Grande gobblers and all I had to do was wait until the turkey strutted within 12-gauge range, and I’d collect one of the easiest spring turkeys I’d ever bagged.
Vintage jewelry focus of museum program
April 13, 2003
Peter Zacharias knows a thing or two about vintage jewelry. Zacharias owns Goldmakers, a downtown jewelry store, where he’s been hand-crafting adornments for more than 20 years.
When nature calls
Housetraining a puppy can be real chore
April 13, 2003
Nothing says “Awwwww” like a tiny puppy in the window. How much is that doggie, anyway? Sold! He’s so soft and fluffy and cute as he bounds around the living room. But that new wet spot on the floor isn’t so cute.
U.N. would give Iraqi leaders credibility
April 13, 2003
Maybe Saddam’s dead in the bunker. Maybe he isn’t. But one thing’s sure: The administration has to figure out how to create a new Iraqi government. Soon.
Writer debunks myths of aging
April 13, 2003
Getting old is really the pits — especially if your genetic pool isn’t that great. Sick, can’t think so well, dependent on every one else. Who’d want to grow old?
The Motley Fool
April 13, 2003
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Can you afford college? ¢ A short story
Business briefs
April 13, 2003
KU soccer drops two
April 13, 2003
Kansas University’s soccer team dropped a pair of exhibition matches Saturday, falling 2-1 to Arkansas and 1-0 to Tulsa at Hardesty Sports Complex.